03 August 2019

Review || Fortuna Sworn by K.J. Sutton



We were meant to be seductive. We were designed to lure humans in. 


Fortuna Sworn is the last of her kind.

Her brother disappeared two years ago, leaving her with no family or species to speak of. She hides among humans, spending her days working at a bar and her nights searching for him. The bleak pattern goes on and on... until she catches the eye of a powerful faerie.

He makes no attempt to hide that he desires Fortuna. And in exchange for her, he offers something irresistible. So Fortuna reluctantly leaves her safe existence behind to step back into a world of creatures and power. 

It soon becomes clear that she may not have bargained with her heart, but her very life.

 



I love when a book sneaks up on you and completely smacks you upside the head. While Fortuna Sworn's cover is beautiful, it doesn't cry out urban fantasy. I was expecting something more along the lines of adventure or maybe even epic fantasy. What I discovered blew me away!  I loved every second and I'm so, so sad that the next book in the series isn't readily available. Like I want to get my grubby little hands on it Right. This. Second.  

Fortuna Sworn is a Nightmare. Yes, that's a capital N. Able to unearth the fears of others simply by touch, she is a rarity hiding in plain sight. Captured one night by goblins and taken to be sold on the black market, she is aided in escaping her captors by a faerie. But what is the price for his assistance? Soon sucked into the world of the Unseelie where no one can be trusted and nothing is as it seems, Fortuna has to beat the faeries at their own game in order to survive. 

I loved everything about this book! The secrets and intrigue of the court. The duality of Collith with one face for the fae, cold and impassive, and another kinder, tender persona for Fortuna alone. The world of the Unseelie is harsh and unyielding and those that dwell there equally merciless. Watching Fortuna not only persevere essentially on her own but flourish was marvelous. I want to know more — more about Collith, more about the mysterious Oliver, more about everything! While the cliffhanger ending broke my heart (not because it was sad, but because it was *sniff sniff* THE END), I couldn't turn the pages fast enough to get there. 

Fortuna Sworn blends the kickass, tough as nails disposition that we know and love of our urban fantasy heroines with the cruel environment of the Unseelie and is spun up with just the merest suggestion of involuntary amorous attachment. This new-to-me author has quickly catapulted to the top of my must-read chart. If you are a fan of the drama of the faerie courts, urban fantasy, or even paranormal romance, I imagine you'll savor Fortuna Sworn!

I know I, for one, can't wait to see what is yet in store for Fortuna! (Is book two here yet?)